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Cycling the Western Circuit Pt 1 & many short Stories

  1. Wakake, when are you forming an association of cyclists? That question hit me hard and then got stuck in my head like a nail on wet wood.

The question was put to me by one of #RWW biggest supporters. #RWW is an abbreviated hashtag for Ride With Wakake, a cycling activity for social good.

Just after coming back from the 2021 ride from Kenya to South Africa, my biggest concern has been the planning for 2022’s Durban, S.A to Rabat, Morocco ride and still is. That notwithstanding, I had to think about that question and I don’t have an answer to it. One of the things I had on my plate before riding South was having more people join cycling for adventure and encouraging even more to cycle for bonding and fun purposes and where there’s a lack, then we can plug.

Being a cycling enthusiast, and while waiting to renew my passport, I decided to do a little Adventure Cycling Kenya explorations of the Luhya Nation destinations before I was unceremoniously and abruptly derailed by Mr. Malaria. I had intended to share my exploration experiences at the end but this situation dictates otherwise, so I will just have to share the experiences in installments.

𝟮𝟭 𝗝𝗮𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 | 𝟭𝟬:𝟭𝟳𝗔𝗠 – 𝗥𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗴𝗲
I set off from one of the two small village shopping centres that serve my area. Ratado is the name. I intend to visit Sio port, a place I have heard of since my childhood but never visited. The Port Village is exactly 20Kms from my start point and apart from around 7kms of tarmac road, the rest of the ride is on a bumpy, dusty, murram road that meanders through villages, some climbs, and falls, etc. The kind of ride you’d want to take with a loved one on 4×4. I make it to Sio Port, Western, Kenya, and decide that there’s still time to peddle further so I seek direction from the locals and consult google as well on the direction to Port Victoria, Western, Kenya.

The locals tell me and I quote, “𝙐𝙣𝙖𝙤𝙣𝙖 𝙝𝙞𝙤 𝙣𝙟𝙞𝙖 𝙮𝙖 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙖, 𝙛𝙪𝙬𝙖𝙩𝙖 𝙩𝙪 𝙝𝙞𝙮𝙤 𝙝𝙞𝙫𝙮𝙤 𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙖 𝙣𝙖 𝙝𝙞𝙞 𝙗𝙖𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙚𝙡𝙞 𝙮𝙖𝙠𝙤 𝙪𝙩𝙖𝙛𝙞𝙠𝙖 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙠𝙖”, end of quote. Google supports the villagers but goes on to add that it is a 19km distance from Sio Port to Port Victoria. I take the advice and ride on. An hour or so later I am at the port. One thing that caught my attention is the bustle of small-scale trade at the port town, which is impressive and also very encouraging. I spend a few minutes chatting with the fishmongers and then cycle back to my start point, another 25skms. That was a day well spent.

𝟮𝟮 𝗝𝗮𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 | 𝟬𝟴:𝟰𝟱𝗔𝗠 – 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗶𝗮𝘆𝗮 𝗧𝗼𝘄𝗻
This day I decide to ride to the CBD of Siaya County, Kenya where County Govt HeadQuarters is domiciled, 35Kms from my start point. This day my ride starts from Obet Shopping Centre. Obet, by the way, translates to seated or sitting down. I was made to understand that the name came about because the market was founded by traders who used to conduct their business with bums on the ground, hence the name.

It took me 2 hours to ride half the journey, 50% of the journey on dirt roads and another 50% on tarmac. That’s quite a thrill and the choice of bike here is something to put into consideration if you wanna do this. I spent another 4 hours not cycling, but rather walking through Siaya and its environs, having lunch and plenty of tea. What I will say about Siaya though, was amplified by a message to my IG account, and I quote, “𝙎𝙞𝙖𝙮𝙖 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣”. I do agree with this observation. Siaya is a big name but in reality, village centres are doing much better. 𝗝𝗼 𝗦𝗶𝗮𝘆𝗮, 𝗝𝗼 𝗦𝗶𝗮𝘆𝗮 𝗝𝗼 𝗦𝗶𝗮𝘆𝗮 𝘆𝗮𝘄𝗮, 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗜 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲? I will say that Siaya has potential for a lot of things, but waiting for manna to fall from heaven is not one of them. We can do better.

𝟮𝟰 𝗝𝗮𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 | 𝟯𝗣𝗠 – 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗱𝘀, 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗲’𝘀 𝗕𝗮𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗼𝗿𝘁

Well, this ride is one in the history of my rides, because I knew my destination but not the status of the roads. Riding to CHE’S BAY Resort which by the way is on the Lakefront near Port Victoria and whose proximity to Uganda/Kenya border I found out is just a few hills away.

When I came to the village to visit my folks, I had no intentions of long rides, so as you can imagine I never brought my cycling gear. Big mistake, with overinflated tires making the bike dribble like a basketball, you can imagine the kind of beating my buttocks received on a rough dirt road for over 50kms. However, like I always say, a hardened butt equals stronger peddling, and that’s Gospel according to me. If you didn’t know, the strongest muscles in the human body that allow us to stand upright are the butt muscles. Now you know. I went through pools on the road, about 10 of them. At some point, I was afraid I would get stuck in there.

All said and done, this was a rehearsal for a 1-2 days epic ride that starts from Ka Wakake, (that’s my father’s compound) to Bungoma then to Kakamega. Wade, put me in your spiritual realm, whoever or whatever you do worship.

Remember to also join our upcoming charity rides even as we encourage more folks to bring out the bikes for short rides in safe spaces in Nairobi from the 5th of February. For those daring enough to join the longer rides to Garissa County on the 24 of March and @Turkana on the 28th of April with the whole experience for the last two.

Also, check out
𝟭. 𝗕𝗶𝗸𝗲𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗢𝘂𝘁 – 𝟱𝘁𝗵 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 | 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝘂𝗿𝗮 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 Designed for families to ride together more often while helping raise funds for the less fortunate

BikeDay Out (Register here)

𝟮. 𝗥𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 – 𝟮𝟰𝘁𝗵-𝟮𝟴 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 | 𝗡𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗶 𝘁𝗼 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗮
A ride from Nairobi to Garissa to bring attention to the needs of the Pastoralist girl child need for education to the highest institutions.

Garissa Ride (Register here)

𝟯. 𝗥𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗧𝗼 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗹𝗲 – 𝟮𝟴𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗽𝗿- 𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝘆
Take your bike on an overland truck and let’s go explore Turkana’s vast attractions with loads of fun activities from Beachfront BBQs and Buffets, visits to local attractions, camping, and much more

Ride To The Cradle (Register here)

To sweeten this, we
• made it open so that anybody can join
• lipa mdogo mdogo
• lipa kama bazuu
You can also just send me a DM or [wpforms id=”16″] | www.wakake.org #ridewithwakake

Ooh, the association of cyclists? Let’s build this community and sure enough, the cycling community will play its role.

  • Rose

    February 18th 2022

    This is an inspiring tale of exploring ones own backyard on two wheels.
    It is motivating to be environmentally conscious while enjoying the cites in one’s country. Thank you. looking forward to supporting more RWW initiatives as they are a noble cause. Yeah, when is the cycling association coming up. 🙂

    • February 18th 2022

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It is work in progress. Will launch the campaign in the next few months. Thanks for visiting.

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